Still separate, still unequal

Democratic access to mathematics in U.S. schools

Authored by: Celia Rousseau Anderson , William F. Tate

Handbook of International Research in Mathematics Education

Print publication date:  June  2008
Online publication date:  April  2010

Print ISBN: 9780805858754
eBook ISBN: 9780203930236
Adobe ISBN: 9781135192761


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Four decades after the civil rights revolution began with the Supreme Court’s unanimous 1954 school desegregation decision, Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court reversed itself in the 1990s, authorizing school districts to return to segregated and unequal public schools.… The new policies reflected the victory of the conservative movement that altered the federal courts and turned the nation from the dream of Brown toward accepting a return to segregation.

Orfield & Eaton, 1996, p. 1

The statistics on resegregation of once-nominally desegregated schools painfully underscores the fact that many black and Hispanic children are enrolled in schools as separate and probably more unequal than those their parents and grandparents attended under the era of “separate but equal.”

Bell, 2004, p. 114

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